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[jig-uh l] /ˈdʒɪg əl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jiggled, jiggling.
to move up and down or to and fro with short, quick jerks.
a jiggling movement.
Origin of jiggle
1835-40; jig2 + -le
Related forms
jiggler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jiggle
  • Shake, shimmy and jiggle until the mixture hardens to ice cream, usually about five minutes.
  • We notice the improbable directional jiggle but ignore the zillions of meaningless and counteracting collisions.
  • Surface temperature readings jiggle up and down, but over the course of the past century, their overall trend is up.
  • The dots jiggle oddly as the beaks cast about for you, and then hold steady when they have fixed on you.
  • Otherwise, the merest jiggle would break the magnetic calm.
  • Over hundreds of years, normal ambient temperatures can provide enough energy to jiggle the atoms within a rock.
  • One advantage of a belt for carrying your gear is that, when seated, it doesn't jiggle much and you don't feel any weight.
  • The president might have more power to jiggle accounts.
  • When the vessel reaches a certain depth, the picture on the screen begins to jiggle ominously.
  • As the actors in the scene keep muffing their lines, the ones watching jiggle in place and roll their eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for jiggle


to move or cause to move up and down or to and fro with a short jerky motion: to jiggle the door handle
a short jerky motion
Derived Forms
jiggly, adjective
Word Origin
C19: frequentative of jig; compare joggle
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Word Origin and History for jiggle

1836, from jig (q.v.) + -le, frequentative suffix. Related: Jiggled; jiggling. As a noun, from 1840.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jiggle



: the ads for comedies in the jiggle genre/ a brand of show so dependent on buxom starts and wet T-shirts that it was called jiggle television

  1. The bouncing and shaking of a woman's parts, esp of the breasts •Hence the whole tone and style of blatant female sexual exploitation: help put the jiggle back in the series ''Charlie's Angels''
  2. A TV program featuring the bouncing and shaking of a woman's parts: when advertisers see wall-to-wall jigglies in prime time

: She swims, jumps rope, and practices jiggling in front of the mirror (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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